It is February, which means Black History Month, which means all sorts of things, depending on who you ask. For me, BHM is a chance to get to know the work of some talented black creators that inspire us. Here are my top 5 favorite black girl geeks to follow on Twitter.
xoxo C. Diva
Creator and Writer for one of our favorite affiliate blogs, Black Girl Nerds, Jamie Broadnax is committed to finding and sharing content relevant for black women who are into the same things that we are all into–like comics, cosplay, television and literature. Her Black Girl Nerd podcast is widely popular as is the content on the blog that she runs and currently, her site is promoting #29DaysofBlackCosplay, which you need to check out NOW if you’re into cosplay and general geekery.
2. Ijeoma Oluo
Ijeoma is one of the most interesting people I follow on Twitter. She is an activist for women’s rights, especially women of color and victims of abuse. She is the creator of the Badass Feminist Coloring Book and runs the Tumblr account I Believe It’s Not Your Fault, which allows anonymous commenters to submit posts about their own sexual abuse stories. She’s also a prolific writer and creator, herself.
Kimberly Bryant is the founder of Black Girls Code, an organization that gives young black women opportunities to learn in-demand skills in technology and computer programming. Kimberly and BGC host hack-a-thons and app programing seminars, giving girls the chance to break into the male (and white) dominated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields that sometimes feel unattainable to the young black female demographic.
4. Issa Rae
I came across Issa Rae at the “Nobody’s Damsel” panel at San Diego Comic Con and became interested in her work as a writer and producer of content across visual and social media. Issa’s popular online video series, The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl is a hit with geeky girl fans, while her newest foray into storytelling, Fruit, is bound to attract an audience, as it tells the tale of a young black athlete exploring his sexuality (I am here for this).
5. Aisha Tyler
Fangirl, nerd host, actress extraordinaire, Aisha is known to get a little crazy with the Supernatural cast down in San Diego, where she’s hosted the boys on “Conversations for a Cause” at Nerd HQ multiple times. She also is a huge Arrow fan, and hosted the PaleyFest Arrow/Flash panel that I attended last year (Yeah, she called on me to ask a question. We’re besties.). She’s not just the black female Chris Hardwick, though, she also has her own talk show, voices a cartoon character on Archer, has a podcast and plans to begin a comedy tour in 2016.
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